MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
One year full-time
This taught course is designed to give students both a broad and deep introduction to the discipline of Evolutionary Anthropology. This involves an advanced investigation of evolutionary and adaptive processes and their interactions through the study of the evolution of primates (human and non-human, living and fossil) and evolutionary theory in relation to social behaviour. Students develop skills and understanding relating to human evolution and the biological underpining of human behaviour. The MSc is taught in Durham by the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group (EARG). EARG comprises staff, post-docs, PhD students and MSc students and is one of the largest and most diverse group of evolutionary anthropologists in the world. It is an active, interdisciplinary research group involved in cutting-edge work on the behaviour, morphology, and evolution of humans and other primates. EARG organises regular seminars with outside speakers, as well as more informal seminars on work in progress by members of the group. The MSc provides the theoretical background, subject-specific knowledge, and practical skills that generate an advanced understanding of primate (including human) adaptation and behaviour. It provides the perfect foundation for those interested in pursuing PhD-level research and many of our former students have go on to do PhDs, both here in Durham and elsewhere. It also provides advanced training for those wishing to improve the knowledge and skills gained in their undergraduate degree, for those returning to university as a mature student, and for subsequent employment in fields where a sophisticated understanding of human behaviour is required. Full details can be found on our website.